Here’s a fun May the 4th be with you project… A pneumatically powered Boba Fett jetpack-launching-mannequin!
[Rodger Cleye], best known for his crazy quadrotor projects, wanted to try experimenting with pneumatic power for a change. He managed to obtain a fire extinguisher which he’s routed through a home-made PVC air delivery system on the back of his faithful test dummy — this time decked out in a complete [Boba Fett] costume.
He’s using a solenoid actuated sprinkler valve to release the pressure which is controlled using an N-FET. An AVR microcontroller sends a 500mS pulse to trigger it, and also handles the remote-controlled launch pad which you can drive around to position [Boba] for the best flight. The solenoid valve is 1″ stepped down to a 1/2″ connection ported into [Boba’s] spine which has a 3/4″ sleeve, acting like a pneumatic piston. Just for fun he’s even included a Boba-CAM to capture the 25+ foot launch from the poor mannequin’s perspective!
[via Hacked Gadgets]
5 thoughts on “Pneumatic Rocket Man”
Oh the thoughts…. he’s loaded by ramming a pole up his bum.
Hey if the real Boba Fett had a pneumatic launching pole rammed up his bum he wouldn’t be stuck in the sarlacc pit today!
Should have dressed him up as Howard Stern and he could be FartMan.
Yeah Great Post this Fantastic Really true to HAD…
And he jams out his own theme music, well done. Can’t go wrong with Boba Fett.
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